Just a few quick note son shopping at CVS. Every time we go to CVS store, and we do go a few times a week because it close to our home and we take advantage of the sales. One of the items that is on the shopping list is that of cereal and we watch for the opportune time to make a purchase. One of my first gestures is to stop off at the coupon printing machine which also serves as a price checker when you are not sure of a price. After I run my customer card under the scanner, the machine prints out any coupons available for that week. Usually, we get a coupon like the one below.
Normally, I would get this coupon from the machine but the machine was out of order and I received these reward coupons when checking out at the register. While at the register checking out, I received this $5.00 coupon along with a coupon for $7.50 based on previous purchases that we made at the CVS store. Along with these coupon based on former purchases, there are always some types of discounts on most of our popular purchases at CVS. We’ll visit CVS more than we visit the local Publix market. They don’t sell meats, poultry and cold cuts at CVS. After a period of shopping, we learned how and where to shop for certain items. The following is a few of the items that we shop at CVS for and get great prices.
One of my favorite shopping items is that of buying cereals. Due to diet requirements, Cherios is part of the program and I eat that a few times a week but being a cereal freak I need my Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes, and Rice Crispies (sometimes). Always making a trip down the cereal aisle for any good sales and today was a good day. I normally get the large box of Frosted Flakes when it is on sale but today was not the day. The smaller box was on sale at 2 for $5.00, or, $2.50 and the regular selling price was $5.99, quite a savings. We picked one out. The next purchase was that of Corn Flakes which were also on sale for $1.99, or, a savings of $2.70 over the regular selling price of $4.69. the Rice Crispies were also on sale but we’ll get at another times when the budget allows it.
I keep my coffee fetish fully stocked and every once in a while, the stock runs low. Today, we were at an all times low and getting a resupply of coffee was important. When we go down the coffee aisle, which is the same aisle as the cereal aisle, I start looking for yellow tags. Yellow tags is a warning that something is on sale. Today, there were a few yellow tags but one was on my favorite coffee, Folgers. Not that Folgers is my favorite coffee but is one of the ones that is always on sale like Maxwell House. Today, the small can was on sale and I like cheap coffee. When I have my morning coffee, coffee is what I’m looking for not labels. I leaned about labels from my Sicilian father-in-law at the annual New Years’ Eve party. the guests would be arriving and asking for their favorite drink, which usually was an expensive Scotch on the Rocks. Pop (Dominick) would oblige with the expensive stuff but would always switch to the cheap stuff when they wanted a second drink. I said that would know the difference after the second drink. He said to take them these drinks with Dewar’s Scotch and they’ll drank it like the first and they won’t know the difference. Granted, there may be a drink expert out there but the odds are that you could probably fool that person too. I still enjoy my coffee and I buy it when it’s cheap.
When you’re a senior, prune juice is a way of life and you’ll usually trying to get it as cheap as possible. Here, the Sunsweet prune juice is priced at $4.99, its regular price. The prune juice that is on sale is the store brand, CVS prune juice and is priced at $2.79, a savings of $1.80 over the regular selling price. Notice that there are no prune juice bottles on the shelf because the seniors from the north are back. If there is a sale, the seniors form the north are stocking up in case 1929 comes again.
A side note about store brands. Of late, the CVS store brands have been increasing in taste and quality, that’s from our taste, but we see a trend going on at the moment. The store brand cookies at Publix used to taste good to us but as of late, we have been disappointed and they were getting expensive. We have been trying the CVS brand of cookies and they have been getting rather tasty. Their Ginger cookies and a few of their other flavors have been great and we usually only buy when they are on sale only, which is usually 2 for $5.00 , or, 2 for $6.00.
For the moment, Finish is the dishwashing soap of choice. Today, Finish was on sale with buy one for $4.49 and the second one is 50% off.
This is our store down where we live in Wellington, Florida. If you are serious about saving money on your shopping visits, take a look at your local CVS and get some great deals. There are also some great deals at your local Publix but you have to be conscious of what you are buying. One of our favorite items to get at Publix each week is that of the rotisserie chicken. You buy a rotisserie chicken, a family size Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese (hopefully on sale at $3.69) with a side of canned veggies (on sale). One item we discovered there was a Publix Yellow Rice priced at $1.00 and rather tasty compared to the brand name at $3.19 a box.
A note for a quick meal for three is a white pizza. Buy a pizza dough at the bakery for $2.79, although a bit pricey for just flour and water. I think I’m subsidizing the bakery department at times. Pick up a pizza dough or two when they are on sale and freeze them for later use. Stretch out the pizza dough on a round baking pan. Top off with a small container of ricotta and top off with shredded mozzarella cheese and some parmesan cheese and pop in the oven for about twenty minutes. It should be a bit brown on the bottom and the top should get a golden color when cooked to taste. This is what it should look like below.
Well, that covers the shopping for this week. Hopefully you’ll catch some of the great sales at both store….just keep an eye out for them.
That’s greendougherty for the day.